The purpose of bridging visas is to provide lawful status for non-citizens who are currently dealing with other visa matters. In other words, it allows a person to remain lawfully in Australia after their current substantive visa ends. There are 7 bridging visas in Australia and all of them are not substantive.
The bridging visa A (BVA Subclass 010) is a ‘standard’ bridging visa and is generally granted where there is an ongoing visa application or appeal. It is a temporary visa, which allows a person to remain lawfully in Australia after their current substantive visa ends and while their new substantive visa application is being processed.
The bridging visa B (BVB Subclass 020) is granted when a BVA holder wishes to depart and re-enter within 3 months. The BVB permits travel in and out of Australia within the specified travel period. It allows a person to remain lawfully in Australia until a decision is made.
The bridging visa C (BVC Subclass 030) is granted if the applicant does not hold a substantive visa. It allows a person to remain lawfully in Australia while their new substantive visa application is being processed.
The bridging visa D (BVD Subclass 040/041) is granted for several days if an invalid application was made. It is a temporary visa that allows staying in Australia for a short period until you are unable to make a substantive visa application or are granted a Bridging visa E (BVE).
There are 2 types of BVDs:
- Bridging (Prospective Applicant) visa (subclass 040)
- Bridging (Non-applicant) visa (subclass 041)
The BVD allows you to stay in Australia lawfully for a limited time.
The bridging visa E (BVE Subclass 050/051) is for unlawful non-citizens who have a pending matter in Australia. This visa is a temporary visa that allows a non-citizen to remain lawfully in Australia (under certain circumstances) where they do not hold a substantive visa.
There are 2 types of BVEs:
- Subclass 050 – general bridging visa
- Subclass 051 – for protection visa applicants
The bridging visa F (BVF Subclass 060) is used for woman trafficking cases. This visa is used only for suspected victims of trafficking or slavery who do not hold a substantive visa. The visa can be granted for up to 45 days and can be renewed for another 45 days.
The bridging visa R (BVR Subclass WR) is granted in circumstances a person is pending removal. This visa is for people who are in immigration detention but their removal from Australia is not reasonably practicable. This allows them to be released from detention pending their removal.
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